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Jack Krawcheck business records

Identifier: Mss 1026

Collection Overview

Includes business records, financial documents, correspondence, photographs, photocopies, carbon copies, clippings, ephemera, pamphlets, scrapbooks, realia. Bulk of collection are records from Jack Krawcheck's business (filed alphabetically, in original order in which they were donated); vendor records exist for 1948-49, 1950-51 and 1951-52; files contain invoices, order forms, and occasional correspondence; also included are tax and banking information for same time periods and carbon copies of out-going correspondence (1952-53) to vendors and clients; misc. business records include expense sheets and estimated statements of profits and loss for 1948-1950. Collection contains five scrapbooks (spanning 1939-1974) of Jack Krawcheck's advertisements published in Charleston newspapers; includes articles about new locations and general sales announcements; two scrapbooks have been disassembled due to condition; all have been photocopied. Includes several folders of Krawcheck's personal records (1950-1980); correspondence, bank documents, receipts for fraternal memberships, cultural institutions, and hospital expenses; tax information, insurance claims and a newspaper article (1980) about Krawcheck's life and accomplishments. Series of black and white photographs (1939-1972) include interior images of 313 King Street store, Northwoods Mall location and the Krawcheck family (ca. 1960s). Collection also contains wood sign that hung outside Jack Krawcheck's.


  • Creation: 1939-1980
  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1948-1953


Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research. Due to the fragility of the newspaper advertisement scrapbooks, researchers must use photocopies.

Copyright Notice

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Biographical Note

Jack Krawcheck was born in Poland in 1899. He grew up in Charleston, South Carolina, and opened (1922) a men's clothing store called Jack's Clothiers at 407 King Street. In 1938, Krawcheck renovated a dilapidated 1812 building at 313 King Street, saving the original facade as a testament to old Charleston style. He was presented the first Carolopolis Award by the Preservation Society of Charleston for his efforts, and his business there opened in 1939. The business later expanded to area shopping centers and eventually added boys' and women's wear. Jack Krawcheck's closed in 1995 after more than seventy years of business in Charleston.


4.0 linear feet

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Acquisitions Information

Materials donated by Maurice Nussbaum.

Related Material

Related materials in Special Collections include an oral history interview with Saul Krawcheck (Mss 1035-027).

Inventory of the Jack Krawcheck Business Records, 1939-1980 (bulk 1948-1953)
Processed by: Special Collections staff; finding aid created by: Special Collections staff
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Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Repository

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